Liatris microcephala is a small upright, clump former. This super cute perennial has grass like foliage with miniature purple flowers that bloom in late summer. This small but mighty plant tolerates xeric growing conditions and is best suited for...more
Stiff aster is an excellent, long-blooming, compact aster ideal for rock gardens or the front of the border and look great massed in groups. Ionactis linariifolius is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. The rather distinctive linear leaves are narrow and almost needle-like. Small...more
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Woodland sage, is an erect, many-branched, woody-based, clump-forming perennial. It is native to Europe and west-central Asia. It features lavender to violet blue flowers with tiny reddish-purple bracts and blooms from June to September. Flowers are attractive...more
Callicarpa b. ‘Profusion’
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ features an outstanding display of violet-purple fruits in fall. Forms a vigorous bushy shrub with small lavender flowers in July and August. New leaf growth has a bronze tinge. Easily grown in sun or...more
A mounding, dwarf azalea selection. This cultivar, and another (‘Komo Kulshan’), is often attributed to a Japanese species called the Kyushu azalea, Rhododendron kiusianum. But azaleas are promiscuous, and this may be a hybrid. Flowers are white with purple...more
Phlox paniculata 'Laura'
This garden phlox cultivar is easy to grow and purportedly mildew resistant, preferring full sun and moist, humus-rich soil. The dense flowers of phlox ‘Laura’ are deep lavender purple with a white eye and appear in later summer and will last until early fall. ...more
Hydrophyllum canadense is a low-growing, broad-leaved woodland perennial. Early foliage is dark green, mottled with silver, deeply lobed and very ornamental. As the growing season progresses, the leaves become solid green and maple-like, supported by bare stems...more
Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’
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Aster 'Wood’s Purple'